Date(s) - Monday October 2
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Smith Hall, Room 104A
Online journal writing is a strategy TCU educators can employ to enrich student learning and enhance student retention of course content. Instructors can assign students to explore broader topics or simply encourage them to spend a few minutes each day writing about their cognitive or affective responses to classroom activities. Online journal writing is a teaching strategy associated with David Kolb’s experiential learning theory. Kolb’s theory highlights the vital role reflection plays in the process of achieving student learning outcomes.
This Teaching and Learning Conversation will demonstrate how to setup an ePortfolio online journal assignment for students to complete on a weekly basis. Together we will review how to implement journal writing as a reflective mechanism for student learning, an assessment tool for instructors, and a weekly
dialogue between instructor and student. Participants will be shown how to navigate ePortfolio through TCU Online. They will also receive a handout for students with step-by-step instructions outlining how to create an online journal that participants can use in their own classes. This presentation will conclude with a description of preliminary findings from a year-long comparison study assessing the use of online journal entries in undergraduate courses.
Kolb, D. A. (2015). Experiential learning: Experience as the source of learning and development (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.